NC Renewable Energy ChallengeElementary, Middle, High School and College Students
Unfortunately, the 2021 NC Renewable Energy Challenge has been canceled, but we hope to host the event again in 2022. For more information about the Challenge in previous years, please see below.
The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), in partnership with KidWind and Jennette’s Pier hosts the North Carolina Renewable Energy Challenge annually at the ECU Outer Banks Campus in Wanchese. Competing students must engineer an alternative energy device and compete against each other to create the most efficient design. The challenge strives to increase student interest in green technology and promote innovation, and it fosters 21st-century skills that better prepare students for the growing renewable energy industry.
The event includes wind turbine, solar, and ocean energy competitions with divisions to include graduate, undergraduate, high school, and middle and elementary school students. The goal of the competition is to increase engineering solutions for the alternative energies available in North Carolina. There is usually funding available for teams to travel to CSI. Finally, the top two teams in the solar and wind categories from the NC Renewable Energy Challenge event will be invited to the national KidWind competition.
Additional Ocean Energy Information
- North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Project – Learn about the work being done in North Carolina to harness energy from ocean waves and currents.
- Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Ocean Current Energy
- BOEM Technology White Paper